Lenovo’s refreshed U-series ultrabook is an improvement over last year’s model, and it’s much cheaper, too. Photo by Peter McCollough/Wired
Barely seven months ago, Lenovo released its excellent IdeaPad U300s, the company’s consumer-friendly entry to the ultrabook market. Now Lenovo is back with an update, the U310.
To the casual eye, not a lot appears to have changed. It’s still a 13.3-inch aluminum slab of a laptop with a 1366×768-pixel resolution screen. The island keyboard still offers a great layout and good action (though the keys now feel a touch small in comparison to some recently reviewed machines), and the huge clickpad has finally had the kinks worked out of it.
The biggest switch under the hood is the move to Ivy Bridge, with Lenovo subbing in a 1.7GHz third-generation Core i5 for the old 1.7GHz second-generation Core i7. There’s a substantially better port selection now, too, with an extra USB port (bringing the total up to three, two 3.0 and one 2.0), wired Ethernet, and an SD slot. The HDMI port from the U300s stays as-is.